An eighth-grade student in Colorado recently manufactured the first of 20 planned coins she designed for high-school football referees to use during the upcoming season. Victoria Teschner made the coins during a recent manufacturing camp.
Automotive technology students at a Texas high school will be getting hands-on lessons by servicing teachers' vehicles this year. Jason Buster, an automotive instructor, says the new opportunity will teach students technical skills as well as how to interact with customers.
Students enrolled in a Kentucky high school's culinary arts program will have access to a new industrial kitchen when the school year begins. CheyAnne Fant, Barren County Schools director of Nutrition Services and 21st Century Community Learning Centers, says the kitchen is divided into areas to prepare sweet and savory dishes.
A community college in California is believed to be the first in the state to offer an automotive associate degree that combines in-person and online instruction with hands-on instruction at area repair shops. The Automotive Service Councils of California Associate of Science Degree program is a good avenue for students who aspire to open their own shops, according to Brad McCombs, instructor and coordinator of the auto tech program.
Some medical practices used in ancient Egypt are described in recently translated papyrus scrolls. The texts discuss kidneys, eye diseases and a pregnancy test, researchers say.
Researchers have used a magnetic device to re-create radio waves known as whistlers, which are typically found in plasma fields of ions during some lightning strikes. "Our laboratory experiments reveal three-dimensional wave properties in ways that simply cannot be obtained from observations in space," said co-author Reiner Stenzel.
Arizona State University and engineering service firm Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies have been awarded a $127,000 grant from NASA to study 3D printing. The partners are developing 3D-printed structures, inspired by biological materials, that could be used in spacecraft construction.
Forms of life in the universe may be so different from those on Earth that we don't recognize them, suggests Columbia University Director of Astrobiology Caleb Scharf. "Even though we still struggle with finding a satisfactory definition of life, that doesn't mean that we can't think about ways that life might be so different, so alien, that we would also struggle with noticing its existence," he writes.
The National Science Foundation has provided $5.8 million for a new antenna at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Funds will go toward a more sensitive antenna that will be attached to the observatory's telescope dish.
Administrators in the Springfield School District in Oregon say career and technical programs are helping to raise graduation rates for students. The graduation rate for students who take just two CTE courses is 91%, administrators noted.
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